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WIU hosting annual Gem and Mineral show


MACOMB, IL - -The 32nd annual Geodeland Earth Science Club's Inc. Gem, Mineral and Fossil show is this weekend at the Western Illinois University Union Grand Ballroom.

The event runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

The show is themed "Bicentennial of the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes" and will highlight the area's history, fault zone and geology. Minerals from Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee will be on display. Also set for display is "Lincoln in Gemstone Intarsia," a portrait of Abraham Lincoln made out of gemstones, agates, jades and other minerals. The portrait was completed in 1963 by Joseph and Betty Phetteplace.

This year's dinosaur exhibit will feature a T-Rex skull, a cast of a dinosaur footprint, dinosaur bones, full-color models and replicas.

Demonstrators will be presenting skills, including shell graving, fossil preparation, egg and rock painting, scrimshaw, geode cracking, glass bead making, lampworking, faceting gemstones and more.

The show also will include earth science displays; educational programs; lapidary demonstrations; fluorescent displays; door prizes and a silent auction; rock, mineral, fossil and artifact identification; and activities for children.

Visitors can take free informal tours of WIU's Geology Museum in Tillman Hall from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday (March 10).

The schedule is:


  • 11 a.m.- "Spirits of the Ice Forest," from the series "Walking with Dinosaurs," originally broadcast on BBC (DVD);
  • 12:30 p.m.- "The History and Geology of the Legendary New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811 and 1812," presented by Anderson;
  • 2:30 p.m.-"Death of a Dynasty," from the series "Walking with Dinosaurs" (DVD); and
  • 4 p.m.- "Illinois Fluorite Story," by Stone (DVD).


  • 11 a.m.- "Death of a Dynasty," from the series "Walking with Dinosaurs" (DVD);
  • 12 p.m.- "New Madrid Fault Zone," by Bauer;
  • 2 p.m.- "Geodes, More than just a Rock," by Anderson.


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